High wages puts Wokingham among top earnersBy Victoria Smith
March 09, 2012
Wokingham's workforce take home the fourth highest average weekly wage in the country.
The figures from the Office of National Statistic show the average weekly full-time wage in Wokingham was fourth in the country with an average weekly wage of £666, which is nearly £200 above the national average.
Bracknell’s weekly wage is £698, which is the second highest in the country.
Top of the earners were people working in central London, who are taking home £980 a week.
Mark Ashwell, member of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and owner of TradeMark Windows in Fishponds Road, Wokingham, said: “Wokingham is a nice place to live, flourish and do business, which is our Thames Valley Berkshire LEP mission statement.
“We have got a fair amount going for us, but we have got to keep up and keep that going. It is a nice place to be, we do not want to rest on our laurels.
“What we have got to do is retain the business we have got and attract more in and employees will then come with them and if they are thriving businesses will pay more money.”
Mr Ashwell said Wokingham attracts successful businesses because of its good access to Heathrow and London.
He added: “I would like to say it’s down to our communities as well, making this a really great place to live.”
Wokingham is home to top international companies such as Microsoft and has the expanding IQ Winnersh business park, which has firms such as Harris Systems, Virgin Media, Bang & Olufsen and Intel.
Waitrose has its UK headquarters in Bracknell, and other big employers include Panasonic, Fujitsu, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
The lowest wages in the country were in Torridge in Devon where people take home an average weekly wage of £333 a week.
The average worker in Reading takes home £582 a week and the average wage in Slough is £603 a week.